Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu in support of Neriya Zarog

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:22 Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat and a member of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, gave a message of support to Neriya Zarog and his family, after they were distanced from their home in Geulat Tzion under administrative order. Rabbi Eliyahu spoke to the Zarog family, encouraged them in their fight to build Jewish communities in the Yehuda and Shomron regions, and related to the selective law enforcement by the police during the Arab rioting of 2021.

Rabbi Eliyahu (R) and the Zarogs; Video credit: Honenu

Rabbi Eliyahu: “We came here to strengthen the Zarog family. When I was in Lod during the rioting, I saw synagogues, police cars, dozens of cars and trucks being torched. Not one administrative distancing order was issued. A Jew was killed, live bullets were fired, Molotov cocktails and rocks were thrown, and not one administrative distancing order was issued – not in Lod, not in Acco, and not in Yaffo. Apparently it’s a different world there.

“How can it be that Neriya Zarog receives administrative distancing orders? What is this injustice? Someone needs to come to his senses. It should not be that good Jews who want to settle the Land of Israel are given distancing orders and rioters and murderers receive gentle treatment and inclusion. This is a distortion [of justice], and it must be straightened out.”

Currently, Zarog is fighting a legal battle against the administrative distancing order served to him. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar, who is representing Zarog: “This is a draconian order that severely violates basic human rights. Either the family’s father will be forced to leave their home, or the entire family will be forced to leave. The recipient of the order has no opportunity to prove his innocence or to present his opinion before a judge. We will file an appeal against the order, and I hope that the judicial system will listen to the voice of reason and cancel the order.”

In a video clip from December 7, 2021, three plainclothes policemen are seen outside of Zarog’s home in Geulat Tzion, as one of them reads the distancing order, through a wooden door, to the people inside, who are playing songs. One of the policemen attempted to prevent someone present with a camera from filming. After the first policeman finished reading the order, the three policemen left the hilltop.

Administrative order served to Zarog; Video credit: Amishav Melet


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